The 2018 Light Up a Life appeal is well under way.

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People across the area are donating towards the appeal in memory of a loved one, and a series of Light Up a Life services are taking place throughout the festive period, giving people the opportunity to light a candle in their honour.

The appeal raises funds for North Devon Hospice and Children’s Hospice South West, so that they can care for local families who need their support during Christmas time.

One family who know exactly what this care means are the Wordens of South Molton.

Doreen Worden sadly passed away last Christmas, but her son Tim says that the support of the hospice during her final days was inspirational.

“We lost our precious mum to cancer following a very short illness,” said Tim.

“The first we knew about it was when mum ended up on life support a week before Christmas

“Forever a fighter, mum was determined for us to have one last Christmas together and so after being taken off life support she fought on to until December 27, 2017, where she passed away peacefully at North Devon Hospice.”

Tim added: “During that final week the hospice and their nurses not only cared for mum with compassion, but also provided support to our entire family.

“They really went the extra mile, even providing a traditional meal on Christmas Day, including crackers, so the whole family could be with mum for her last Christmas.”

So inspired was Tim by the support given to his mum and their whole family, he has already conquered the Three Peaks Challenge and trekked to Everest Base Camp in aid of North Devon Hospice.

“I just wanted to say thank you for everything North Devon Hospice and their nurses did for my mum and our family, and to raise money to make sure they can continue to give vital support to others,” he added.

This will be the first Christmas for the Worden family without Doreen and so they, like many other families across North Devon, will be able to light a candle for her at one of many Light Up a Life services this Christmas.

Gerard Fawcitt, from North Devon Hospice said: “Tim’s story is so touching, because it goes to show that even through the most difficult times, the hospice can help families make memories together at Christmas.

“So please support our Light Up a Life appeal, and help us do this for other local families who will need our care during this festive season.”

Visit www.northdevonhospice.org.uk or call 01271 347232 to donate and to find the full list of Light Up a Life services taking place across North Devon this December.